While the term “success” can be very subjective, there is a wrong and a right way to shape your personal definition of success. It’s important to shape your own meaning of success to allow yourself to set personal goals that are more catered to your skills and areas of focus.
It can also help you to not reach beyond your limits with each goal, as it is more catered to you. In this article, we’ll explore things you should consider when you’re constructing and shaping your own meaning of success.
What do you want to achieve in life?
The first question you need to ask yourself when constructing your meaning of success is what you want out of life. What, once you achieved it, accomplished it, or procured it, would make you feel as if you were successful? For some, the answer to this question will be more focused on family and relationships, while others will be more focused on careers and work achievements.
Whichever focus your answer leans toward is going to be a large part of your meaning of success. If you lean towards family and relationships, your definition of success will look like having a family and a home of your own. If you lean towards career and work achievements, your definition of success will look more like getting a high-paying job with benefits and plenty of opportunities for promotions.
What values and morals do you live by?
This question will help you form a concept of how far you’re willing to go to achieve your idea of success. Are you willing to do what others might find deplorable or demeaning to achieve your idea of success? Where are your lines and how willing are you to cross them? This will help you to frame your idea of success and determine its cap.
Do you like what you do?
Happiness plays a major role in our overall success. If you don’t like what you do, chances are you aren’t going to see yourself as being successful, no matter how close you are to achieving your goals. Be sure that what you’re striving to be successful at is something you enjoy and truly want, that’s why the first question we asked was “what do you want to achieve in life?”
We want you to think about your happiness first and foremost when your shaping your personal definition of success.
Do you want to make a difference?
This question is important when deciding how you will approach achieving your success. For example, if your idea of success is with family and you want to make a difference, you might grow your family by adopting or fostering children.
Another example would be working as a court-appointed or an environmental lawyer over a corporate law position. If you want to make a difference in the world with your success, you’re going to want to keep that focus in mind; if it doesn’t matter that much to you, then you should consider money over the difference you’ll be making.
Shaping your idea of success can be difficult and requires you ask several questions of yourself. In shaping your meaning of success, you have to consider what you want in life, what you want it to mean, what lines you’re willing to cross, and what effect you want your success to have on the world around you.
Shaping your meaning of success is important for you to set up your goals to best suit you personally. We hope these questions have helped to guide you on your journey to constructing the ideal meaning of success for you personally.